By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
97. Alan Branch – Signed by the Bills in 2013
Alan Branch had an NFL career that lasted 11 seasons, but only one of them was with the Bills. He only has himself to blame for that.
Branch was big and fast as a youngster. Not many defensive tackles in high school return kicks, but Branch did. That led to a good college career at Michigan, as well as becoming the second-round draft pick of Arizona in 2007. Branch jumped to Seattle in 2011, where he became a starter for the next two seasons.
The lineman moved on to Buffalo in 2013, signing a one-year contract for $3 million. Branch had no sacks for the Bills, but at 6-foot-6, 350 pounds, he could plug the middle of the line. Buffalo signed him to a three-year extension. What could go wrong? Plenty. Branch was arrested on a DUI charge in August, 2014, and cut almost immediately. He soon signed with the Patriots, where he played for four more seasons.
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